Dark Frost (Mythos Academy Series #3)

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An amazingly addictive new series." -Fresh Fiction

I've seen so many freaky things since I started attending Mythos Academy last fall. I know I'm supposed to be a fearless warrior, but most of the time, I feel like I'm just waiting for the next Bad, Bad Thing to happen. Like someone trying to kill me—again.

Everyone at Mythos Academy knows me as Gwen Frost, the Gypsy girl who uses her psychometry magic to find lost objects—and who just may be ...

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Overview

An amazingly addictive new series." -Fresh Fiction

I've seen so many freaky things since I started attending Mythos Academy last fall. I know I'm supposed to be a fearless warrior, but most of the time, I feel like I'm just waiting for the next Bad, Bad Thing to happen. Like someone trying to kill me—again.

Everyone at Mythos Academy knows me as Gwen Frost, the Gypsy girl who uses her psychometry magic to find lost objects—and who just may be dating Logan Quinn, the hottest guy in school. But I'm also the girl the Reapers of Chaos want dead in the worst way. The Reapers are the baddest of the bad, the people who murdered my mom. So why do they have it in for me? It turns out my mom hid a powerful artifact called the Helheim Dagger before she died. Now, the Reapers will do anything to get it back. They think I know where the dagger is hidden, but this is one thing I can't use my magic to find. All I do know is that the Reapers are coming for me—and I'm in for the fight of my life.

Praise for Touch of Frost

"A great start to a new young adult paranormal series." -Night Owl Reviews

"At the Mythos Academy, surviving high school means staying alive!" -Kerrelyn Sparks

"It has literally everything: mystery, romance, mythology, boarding schools. What could be better?" —Simply Nerdy Book Reviews

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Jane Murphy
The third novel from the Mythos Academy series is fun, engaging, and believable. Protagonist Gwen Frost is a feisty member of the mythological version of Hogwarts. Students descended from a long line of Pantheon warriors must sharpen their skills in order to triumph over the evil Reapers of Chaos. Not unlike Percy Jackson's cohorts with a little of Suzanne Collins's Katniss mixed in, Gwen is a typical teenager in many respects. She has friends, a love interest named Logan, a full academic schedule, a codger for a school librarian, a nurturing grandmother, and a legacy to protect. The types of students, from Valkyrie to Celt to Gypsy to Spartan, all share special skills and gifts reminiscent of Kristin Cashore's characters in Graceling (Harcourt, 2008/Voya October 2008). Gwen's special gift is psychometry, the Gypsy's sensitivity to knowing and seeing where lost things are found. Her Valkyrie BFF has a unique healing power, and her Spartan boyfriend is the ultimate warrior. This volume in the Mythos Academy series is compelling from the first page. Once again, the good conquers evil theme is showcased in a lively and youthful environment that is spot on in its depiction of teens dating, texting, and conspicuously consuming in a slightly off-kilter boarding school. This reviewer totally enjoyed the book. Public libraries will want to purchase this series. Reviewer: Jane Murphy
Kirkus Reviews
In Estep's third Mythos Academy novel, Gwen Frost not only fights but causes more trouble than ever in a mighty clash of titans. The psychometry gift that has earned her the title of Gypsy takes on new dimensions when Gwen investigates an enemy from the last book. Her best friend, Daphne, whom readers know well at this stage, also undergoes a surprising ripening of her preternatural abilities. Estep's ingenuity in devising strains of sorcery with which to endow her characters expands to drive her story forward, and set the stage for unprecedented obstacles and revelations. Where the author has previously shielded Gwen from malevolence so dark it would tarnish her soul, she now pitches Gwen into the abyss. Readers will thrill to participate in Gwen's transformation: She must accept the greatest responsibility yet possible in the battle of good vs. evil that the gods, goddesses and their magical mortals wage. Gwen also faces a difficult choice that a discovery about her recently murdered, and dearly missed, mother further complicates. The outcome is a secret Gwen keeps from friends and even from Logan, her Spartan heartthrob, who finally shares secrets of his own and titillates readers with his admirable ardor. The strongest installment thus far--Estep delivers. (Urban fantasy. 12 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780758266965
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 6/1/2012
  • Series: Mythos Academy Series , #3
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 129,697
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Estep is constantly prowling the streets of her imagination in search of her next fantasy idea. Jennifer writes the Mythos Academy young adult urban fantasy series for Kensington and the Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series for Pocket Books. She is also the author of the Bigtime paranormal romance series.

Jennifer is a member of Romance Writers of America, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and other writing groups. Jennifer’s books have been featured in Cosmopolitan, Entertainment Weekly, Southern Living, and a variety of other publications.

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DARK FROST

A Mythos Academy Novel
By Jennifer Estep

K TEEN BOOKS

Copyright © 2012 Jennifer Estep
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-7582-6696-5


Chapter One

"If you guys don't stop making out, I'm going to be sick."

Daphne Cruz giggled and laid another loud, smacking kiss on her boyfriend, Carson Callahan. Princess pink sparks of magic shot off my best friend's fingertips and flickered in the air around the couple, the tiny rainbows of color almost as bright as Carson's flaming cheeks.

I rolled my eyes. "Seriously, seriously sick."

Daphne quit kissing Carson long enough to turn and stare at me. "Oh, get over it, Gwen. We're not making out. Not in this stuffy old museum."

I raised an eyebrow. "Really? Then why is Carson wearing more of your lip gloss than you are?"

Carson's blush deepened, his dusky brown skin taking on a fiery, tomato tint. The band geek pushed his black glasses up his nose and swiped his hand over his mouth, trying to scrub away the remains of the lip gloss, but all he really did was get pink glitter all over his fingers. Daphne giggled, then pressed another kiss to the band geek's lips.

I sighed. "C'mon, c'mon. Break it up, lovebirds. The museum closes at five, and we haven't seen half the artifacts we're supposed to for myth-history class."

"Fine," Daphne pouted, stepping away from Carson. "Be a spoilsport."

I rolled my eyes again. "Yeah, well, this spoilsport happens to be concerned about her grades. So, let's go to the next room. There are supposed to be some really cool weapons in there, according to the exhibit brochure."

Daphne crossed her arms over her chest. She narrowed her black eyes and glared at me for interrupting her fun, but she and Carson followed me as I stepped through a doorway and left the main part of the museum behind.

It was a few days after New Year's, and the three of us were in the Crius Coliseum, a museum located on the outskirts of Asheville, North Carolina. Visiting a museum didn't exactly top my list of fun things to do, but all the second-year students at Mythos Academy were supposed to schlep over to the coliseum sometime during the winter holidays to view a special exhibit of artifacts. Since classes started back at the academy in the morning, today was our last chance to finish the assignment. It was bad enough that I and all the other warrior whiz kids at Mythos were being trained to fight the Reapers of Chaos. But homework over the holidays, too? That was so not fair.

Daphne, Carson, and I had gotten here about three o'clock, and we'd been wandering around the museum for the last ninety minutes, going from one display to the next. From the outside, the Crius Coliseum looked like just another building, just another museum, tucked away in the Appalachian Mountains in and around the city.

Inside, though, it was a different story.

Walking through the front door of the museum was like stepping back in time to ancient Rome. The main room had been designed to resemble a grand coliseum, and white marble rolled out as far as the eye could see, broken up by towering pillars. Gold, silver, and bronze leaf glinted here and there on the walls before spreading up to cover the entire ceiling in dazzling disks of color. Sapphires and rubies burned like colorful coals in the necklaces and rings on display, while the fine silks and other garments shimmered inside their glass cases, looking as light and delicate as spun sugar. The museum staff even wore long, flowing white togas, adding to the effect.

But it wasn't just ancient Rome that was on display. Every room had a specific theme and displayed a different culture, from Norse to Greek to Russian to Japanese and all the lands and peoples in between. That's because the coliseum was devoted to members of the Pantheon. Gods, goddesses, ancient warriors, mythological creatures—the Pantheon was a group of good magic guys who'd originally joined forces to save the world.

Way back in the day, the evil Norse trickster god Loki had tried to enslave everyone and had plunged the world into the long, bloody Chaos War. But the members of the Pantheon had risen up to stop Loki and his followers, the Reapers of Chaos. Eventually, the other gods and goddesses had locked Loki away in a mythological prison, far removed from the mortal realm. Now, the coliseum showcased the artifacts—jewelry, clothing, armor, weapons, and more—that both sides had used during the Chaos War and other battles. Despite Loki's imprisonment, the fight between the Pantheon and the Reapers had continued over the years with new generations of warriors and creatures battling one another.

Of course, what most people didn't realize was that Loki was thisfreakingclose to breaking free of his prison and starting another Chaos War. It was something I thought about all the time, though—especially since I was somehow supposed to stop the evil god from escaping.

"This is cool," Daphne said.

She pointed to a curved bow inside a glass case. The bow was made out of a single piece of onyx, inlaid with bits of gold scrollwork, and strung with several thin golden threads. A matching onyx quiver sat next to the bow, although only a single golden arrow lay inside the slender tube.

Daphne leaned down and read the bronze plaque mounted on the pedestal below the weapon. "This says that the bow once belonged to Sigyn, the Norse goddess of devotion, and that every time you pull the arrow out of the quiver, another one appears to take its place. Okay, now that's wicked cool."

"I like this better," Carson said, pointing to a curled ivory horn that resembled a small, handheld tuba. Bits of onyx glimmered on the smooth surface. "It says it's the Horn of Roland. Not sure what it does, though."

I blinked. I'd been so lost in my thoughts about Loki, Reapers, and the Pantheon that I'd just been wandering around, instead of actually looking at the artifacts like we were supposed to.

We stood in an enormous circular room filled with weapons. Swords, staffs, spears, daggers, bows, and throwing stars glinted from within glass cases and in spots on the walls, next to oil paintings of mythological battles. The entire back wall was made out of the same white marble as the rest of the museum, although a variety of mythological creatures had been carved into the surface. Gryphons, gargoyles, dragons, chimeras, Gorgons with snakelike hair and cruel smiles.

An ancient knight dressed in full battle armor perched on a stuffed horse on a raised dais in the center of the room. The knight had a lance in his hand and looked like he was about to charge forward and skewer the wax figure of a Roman centurion that also stood on the dais, his sword raised to fend off the charging knight. Other figures were scattered throughout the area, including a Viking wearing a horned helmet who was poised to bring his massive battle-axe down onto the shield of the Spartan standing next to him. A few feet away, two female figures representing a Valkyrie and an Amazon held swords and dispassionately watched the Viking and the Spartan in their eternal epic battle.

I stared at the Viking and the Spartan, and, for a moment, their features flickered and seemed to move. Their wax lips drew up into angry snarls; their fingers tightened around the hilts of their weapons; their whole bodies tensed up in anticipation of the battle that was to come. I shivered and looked away. My Gypsy gift, my psychometry magic, had been acting up ever since we'd entered the museum.

"Hmph. Well, I don't think that bow is so bloody special," a voice with a snooty English accent muttered. "I think it's rather boring. Ordinary, even."

I looked down at the source of the voice: Vic, the sword sheathed in the black leather scabbard hanging off my waist. Vic wasn't your typical sword. For starters, instead of having a plain hilt, the sword actually had half a face inlaid into the silver metal there. A single ear, a hooked nose, a slash of a mouth. All that joined together to form the sword's hilt, along with a round bulge of an eye. It always seemed to me like there was a man trapped inside the metal, trying to get out. I didn't know exactly who or what Vic was, other than rude, bossy, and bloodthirsty. The sword was always going on and on and on about how we should go find some Reapers to kill.

Actually, there was just one Reaper I wanted to kill—the girl who'd murdered my mom.

A crumpled car. A sword slicing through the rain. And blood—so much blood ...

The memories of my mom's murder bubbled to the surface of my mind, threatening to overwhelm me, but I pushed them away and forced myself to focus on my friends, who were still staring at the onyx bow and ivory horn.

I'd brought Vic along today because I thought he might enjoy seeing the items on display. Besides, I'd needed someone to talk to while Daphne and Carson had been giggling and tongue-wrestling with each other. The two of them were so into each other that it was rather disgusting at times, especially given the sad state of my own love life.

"It's just a bow, after all," Vic continued. "Not anything important. Not a real weapon."

I rolled my eyes. Oh, yeah. Vic talked, too—mostly about how awesome he was.

"Well, some of us happen to like bows," Daphne sniffed, looking down at the sword.

"And that's what's wrong with you, Valkyrie," Vic said.

The sword stared at her. Vic only had one eye, and it was a curious color—not quite purple but not quite gray either. Really, Vic's eye reminded me of the color of twilight, that soft shade that streaked the sky just before the world went dark for the night.

"And you, Celt," Vic said, turning his attention to Carson. "Gwen told me that you prefer to use a staff. A staff! It doesn't even have a bloody point on the end of it. Disgraceful, the things they're teaching you warrior kids at Mythos these days."

Every kid who went to Mythos Academy was some sort of warrior, including the three of us. Daphne was a Valkyrie, Carson was a Celt, and I was a Gypsy, all of us the descendants of the Pantheon warriors who'd first taken on Loki and his Reapers. Now, we carried on that tradition in modern times by going to the academy and learning how to use whatever skills and magic we had to fight against the Reapers of Chaos. And we weren't the only ones. Vikings, Romans, Amazons, Ninjas, Samurais, Spartans. All those warriors and more could be found at the academy.

"Disgraceful, I say," Vic crowed again.

Carson looked at me. I just shrugged. I'd only had Vic a few months, but I'd quickly learned there was no controlling the mouthy sword. Vic said whatever he liked, whenever he liked, as loudly as he liked. And if you dared to disagree with him, he was more than happy to discuss the matter further—while I pressed his blade up against your throat.

Vic and Daphne glared at each other before the Valkyrie turned to Carson and started talking to the band geek about how cool the bow was. I wandered through the rest of the room, peering at the other artifacts. Vic kept up his running monologue about how swords were the only real weapons, with him, of course, being the best sword ever. I made agreeing noises when appropriate. It was easier than trying to argue with him.

Daphne and Carson continued to look at the bow, and Vic finished his rant and fell silent once more. I was reading about a ball of silver thread that had belonged to Ariadne, who gave it to Theseus to help him find his way through the labyrinth where the Minotaur was kept, when shoes tapped on the floor and someone walked up beside me.

"Gwendolyn Frost," a snide voice murmured. "Fancy seeing you here."

I turned and found myself face-to-face with a forty-something-year-old guy with black hair, cold blue eyes, and skin that was as white as the marble floor. He wore a dark blue suit and a pair of wingtips that had a higher polish than most of the glass cases in the room. I would have thought him handsome if I hadn't known exactly how uptight and prissy he was—and how very much he hated me.

I sighed. "Nickamedes. What are you doing here?"

"Overseeing the exhibit, of course. Most of the artifacts on display are on loan from the Library of Antiquities."

Nickamedes was the head honcho at the Library of Antiquities, which was located on the Mythos Academy campus not too far away in Cypress Mountain, North Carolina. In addition to books, the massive library was famous for its priceless collection of artifacts. Hundreds and hundreds of glass cases filled the library's seven floors, containing items that had once belonged to everyone from gods and goddesses to their Champions to the Reapers they had battled.

I supposed it made sense that the Crius Coliseum had borrowed some artifacts from the library—that was probably the reason the Mythos students had been assigned to come here in the first place. So they'd be forced to look at and study the items they walked past and ignored on a daily basis at the library.

Nickamedes stared at me, not looking a bit happier to see me than I was to have run into him. His mouth twisted. "I see that you and your friends waited until the last possible second to come and complete your myth-history assignment, along with a great many of your classmates."

Morgan McDougall, Samson Sorensen, Savannah Warren. I'd spotted several kids I knew roaming through the coliseum. All seventeen or so, like me, Daphne, and Carson, and all second-year students at Mythos, trying to cram in a visit to the museum before winter classes.

"I've been busy," I muttered.

Nickamedes let out a disbelieving huff. "Right."

Anger filled me. I had been busy. Very busy, as a matter of fact. Not too long ago, I'd learned that the Reapers were searching for the Helheim Dagger, which was rumored to be one of the Thirteen Artifacts that had been used during the final battle of the Chaos War. All of the Thirteen Artifacts had a lot of power, since they'd seen action during the climactic fight. But what made the weapon so important—what truly scared me—was the fact that the dagger could be used to free Loki from the prison realm he was trapped in.

I was determined to find the dagger before the Reapers did, so during the holidays I'd read everything I could get my hands on about the weapon. Who might have made it, how it might have been used during the Chaos War, even what powers it might have. But all the books and articles I'd read didn't tell me what I really wanted to know: where my mom, Grace, had hidden the dagger before she'd been murdered—or how I was supposed to find it before the Reapers did.

Of course, I couldn't tell Nickamedes all that. He wouldn't believe I'd been doing something useful, something important, during the holiday break. No doubt Nickamedes thought I'd just been sitting around reading comic books and eating cookies like I did so many nights when I was working for him in the Library of Antiquities. Yeah, yeah, so maybe I wasn't all that dedicated when it came to my after-school job. Sue me for wanting to goof off and have a little fun before I had to face down another crazy Reaper who thought I was more powerful and important than I really was.

Still, despite the librarian's frosty attitude, I couldn't help glancing around the room, hoping I'd see a guy my age with him—a guy with the most beautiful eyes I'd ever seen and a sly, teasing grin to match.

"Is Logan here with you?" I couldn't keep the hope out of my voice.

Nickamedes had opened his mouth when a voice interrupted him.

"Right here, Gypsy girl." A low voice sent chills down my spine.

My heart pounding, I slowly turned around. Logan Quinn stood behind me.

Thick, wavy, ink black hair, intense ice blue eyes, a confident smile. My breath caught in my throat as I looked at Logan, and my heart sped up, beating with such force that I was sure he could hear it.

Logan wore jeans and a dark blue sweater topped by a black leather jacket. The clothes were designer, of course, since the Spartan was just as rich as all the other academy kids. But even if he'd been dressed in rags, I still would have noticed the lean strength of his body and his broad, muscled shoulders. Yeah, Logan totally rocked the bad-boy look, and he had the man-whore reputation to match. One of the rumors that kept going around the academy was that Logan signed the mattresses of every girl he slept with, just so he could keep track of them all.

(Continues...)



Excerpted from DARK FROST by Jennifer Estep Copyright © 2012 by Jennifer Estep. Excerpted by permission of K TEEN BOOKS. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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  • Posted May 29, 2012

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    Good sequel

    Dark Frost, Estep's action-packed third novel in the Mythos Academy Series, is guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat. Gwen and her friends are back again, and while we don't get to see as much of Daphne and Carson this time, we do get to learn a lot more about Logan and Grandma Frost. Also, the wolf is back from the last book, and we get to know more about her. On top of all of that, the Reaper attacks start on page one. I spent at least 3/4 of the novel wondering if Gwen and her family and friends were going to make it.

    So with all of this wonderful suspense, why, you may ask, did I give this book an A- instead of an A+? Well the answer is simple. Gwen really annoyed me at some points, and she seemed a bit... well... dense. I tried to realize that it's easier for me to see what's going on, who's guilty, etc. when I'm on the outside looking in, but at the end of the day, she was still just really stupid. I'm not sure what happened to her to make her dumb in this book, but I think the whole thing could have been handled in a way that didn't make Gwen seem like she lost over half of her brain cells in between the last book and this one. As soon as everything had run its course and the next book had been set up, her intelligence seemed to come back. Maybe she was just really confused. She was facing things she'd never seen before, but it almost felt like some plot device. I'm trying to give Estep the benefit of a doubt with this, though, because I really do love her work.

    While Gwen did annoy me, she at least grew as a character throughout the novel. So did Logan. I was proud of both of them by the end of the book, and the ending tied everything up nicely and set up the next book. I also enjoyed getting to see more of Grandma Frost and learning more about her. She was always one of my favorite characters, so it was nice to get to see more of her. We also got to know Gwen's mom a bit more, even though she's dead. That kind of helped flesh out the memories of her mother that Gwen has. Also, we learned Logan's secrets. He's an idiot for part of the book as well, but he's a guy type of idiot. You'll see what I'm talking about when you pick up this copy. We also got to learn a bit more about Nickamedes and why he has a such a giant stick up his butt. My favorite addition, however, was the Fenrir Wolf. I was so glad to get to know her more, and Estep really did a beautiful job of showing how much difference an animal can make in a person's life. Gwen's interactions with the wolf had to be my favorite parts of the novel.

    The plot is intriguing, but I knew who the bad people were and what was going on long before Gwen did. I really feel that could have been handled a bit differently, but the action kept me turning the pages. I had to see who was going to die when, or if anyone was. There were a lot of fight scenes. The scenes weren't graphic, thankfully, but they did hold my interest. There was a certain feel of urgency throughout the novel that definitely kept me hooked until the very end. The pacing was spot-on, and I didn't feel that the story lagged anywhere. There was no real cliff-hanger, but there is a major thing that's unresolved. However, that thing may not be resolved for many books to come.

    Overall I enjoyed this book, and I feel that it makes a terrific edition to the series. If you're a fan of mythology, or paranormal romance, then you'll want to pick this book up for sure.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 30, 2012

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    I really enjoyed this story. There was so much to like. very goo

    I really enjoyed this story. There was so much to like. very good book!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2012

    Hottt

    Logan is like omg hott cant wait to c what he does next!!!!!! good luck gwen and how far away is may????? :((((((((((

    6 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 5, 2012

    Dark Frost is the book in the Mythos Academy where things really

    Dark Frost is the book in the Mythos Academy where things really begin to change; the stakes are raised, true losses are felt, and some huge events are fully set in motion. New characters are introduced, both good and bad, and some loose ends are finally tied up (well- sort of).

    And it was while reading this third book in the series that I realized how many similarities it bears to Harry Potter - in this case, Dark Frost would be like Harry Potter 4 & 5 which are notably the books where significant deaths occur and everyone starts to realize they're growing up. Teen angst overload included. The difference is that Mythos Academy definitely has a slightly older feel to it, and more modern (and I have to say that it does lack a certain wizarding charm- but that's extremely hard to come by)!

    Reasons to Read:

    1.Everything gets taken up a notch:

    Seriously, EVERYTHING is just that much better and amped up in this one. The fight scenes, the mystery, the villains, and yes, even the kissing! Dark Frost is the book where we really get to see Gwen & company begin to grow up and mature into older teens/young adults. They have important decisions to make that will ultimately affect many future events.

    2.There's real, genuine loss:

    It may sound kind of twisted to make this a reason to read, but I appreciate books when things don't turn out perfectly happy and everything's left risk-free. The death of characters is always a hard thing to deal with, but it's handled expertly here. A few meaningful, powerful deaths make this book an unforgettable one that quickly change the direction of the series, and make it far more impressive than it was at first. There's just something terribly haunting about it, that makes it all the more lovely in a bittersweet sort of way.

    3.We finally get to see some of the REAL Gwen- and boy, is she something!:

    Gwen's been hiding away for the first couple of books- not entirely reaching her full potential, and rather content to remain in the shadows within the background. But she's finally forced to step out, and we begin to see just hints of what she might be capable of... it's terrifying for her, understandably, and we definitely get to see more of her character (oh, and along with learning more about Logan FINALLY).

    I also realize that I need to back up my Harry Potter claims - and this is the one thing where I found it kind of took away from the story overall. It's a bit of a complaint I have with Harry Potter as well, but I found it to be a tad too formulaic. You have your super special snowflake teen, with dead parents (who kept a number of secrets, including that their kid is super special). You have the angry, bitter teacher (who used to have a certain crush...) and the older wise and kindly mentor. A weakened villain trying to take over and kill everyone, and a super secret league of bad guys (a.k.a. thugs). And a lovable pet. It just feels TOO overdone for me, and far too predictable by now since these concepts are found in so many other books. Yet it only barely took away from my enjoyment.

    Because it's still a formula that works, and works very well. These types of books are an easy buy, just because it's pretty much a guarantee that you'll love them and there's something to be said for that.

    ARC received from publisher for review.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 2, 2012

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    Review: Dark Frost

    I've eagerly awaited the newest book every time one comes out in this series. I've grown kind of attached this band of teenagers and the odd school they inhabit. But then, I've always had a particular love for mythology and this definitely fits the bill.

    I think what I find most endearing about Gwen is that she doesn't think she's the bad ass that she really is. She has all these powers and she's hesitant to use them anymore than she has to. In fact, she has powers that she doesn't even really know about. Since she's never managed to really make friends, she loyal to the one's she's made at Mythos. Even when those friends are treating her like crap because of her own abilities that she can't really control. But, she's not a pushover. She stands up for what she believes in and those she loves.

    Sometimes series feel like they drag on and never really get to the point. While there is element that kind of does this (are Logan and Gwen together or not), the story has wasted no time getting to the point. The Reapers will get what they desire no matter what the cost is. I knew we were ultimately headed to a showdown between Loki, his champion, and his followers. I didn't expect to meet them all so soon. I also was not expecting Loki's champion to be hiding right under our noses.

    Gwen goes through a lot in this book. Despite some setbacks, she really grows into her character. She has to witness Daphne alienate her and Logan shun her. Still she's willing to sacrifice it all to stop Loki from becoming unbound. I kept waiting for someone to step in and help her save the world. Sadly it's the wolf who comes and she's injured in the process (man I love that wolf..whole other story).

    Gwen seems really downcast at the end of this book. I think she really expected to save the day and when it didn't happen that way it really hurt her. I'm curious as to were this story will go next and if Gwen can fully pick up the pieces and become the champion she needs to be.

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  • Posted August 7, 2012

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    Dark Frost By: Jennifer Estep Copyright: June 2012 Publisher: K

    Dark Frost
    By: Jennifer Estep
    Copyright: June 2012
    Publisher: K teen

    I’ve seen so many freaky things since I started attending Mythos Academy last fall. I know I’m supposed to be a fearless warrior, but most of the time, I feel like I’m just waiting for the next Bad, Bad Thing to happen. Like someone trying to kill me—again.

    Everyone at Mythos Academy knows me as Gwen Frost, the Gypsy girl who uses her psychometry magic to find lost objects—and who just may be dating Logan Quinn, the hottest guy in school. But I’m also the girl the Reapers of Chaos want dead in the worst way. The Reapers are the baddest of the bad, the people who murdered my mom. So why do they have it in for me?

    It turns out my mom hid a powerful artifact called the Helheim Dagger before she died. Now, the Reapers will do anything to get it back. They think I know where the dagger is hidden, but this is one thing I can’t use my magic to find. All I do know is that the Reapers are coming for me—and I’m in for the fight of my life.

    Leaving a summer assignment till the last second is of course standard fare in High School. More so at Mythos Academy where the students have abilities most normal humans can’t imagine. Gwen and her friends are visiting the Crius Coliseum in search of information for her Myth-History assignment. Gwen and her friends are each drawn to different artifacts on display, Daphne was interested in a curved bow that was made from a single piece of onyx and strung with golden threads. It had a matching quiver with a single golden arrow in it. The bow once belonged to Sigyn, the Norse Goddess of Devotion. Carson was drawn to an ivory horn that looked like a miniature tuba. It also had bits of onyx glimmering on its surface. The plaque explaining that It was the Horn of Roland.
    At about this time Vic, Gwen’s snarky sword piped up about how boring the bow was, and that it wasn’t a real weapon, and goes on to belittle Carson’s choice of a staff as a weapon.. Gwen is deep in thought, remembering her mother’s murder and the reaper she desperately wants revenge on. It was about this time Nickamedes, her boss at the Library of Antiquities noticed her and walked over with a sneer on his face. Gwen turned at the sound of his voice and asked him what he was doing at the exhibit.
    “Overseeing the exhibit, of course. Most of the artifacts on display are on loan from the Library of Antiquities.” Nickamedes stared at her and with his mouth twisting comments, “I see that you and your friends waited until the last possible second to finish your assignments. Looking around Gwen notices many other students doing the same thing she and her friends are. But she knows better than to start with him. Gwen decides that silence is the better part of valor and looks around to see if Logan is around. As she starts to ask him about how his winter break went, all hell seems to break loose. As Gwen and Logan start to head in the direction of the screams Daphne pulls them back, reminding them that they have no idea what they’d be walking into.
    The group of four creep around to see what is happening, and find their fellow students being attacked by Reapers……
    Could there be a more exciting way to start off Gwen’s next adventure? With this attack, Gwen and company are looking at more action and fighting, and a new set of challenges for the year. Ms. Estep has a way of drawing me into the picture and I feel like I’m right there (hiding behind a strong exhibit case) watching everything with my own two eyes.

    FTC Full Disclosure: I received this book from the publishers, who only asked for a fair and impartial review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2012

    OMG

    I can't wait to read this book. Logan sounds really hot and I can't wait to read what happens next.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 22, 2012

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    Whew, and I thought my high school was torture. What a great sto

    Whew, and I thought my high school was torture. What a great story and series. Jennifer Estep has created a world where myths and legends are alive and living right along with the “normal” people of society. Seventeen year old Gwen Frost has survived avalanches and death threats all while attending Mythos Academy. She struggles with the idea of being Nike’s Champion. Nike is the Goddess of Victory, and she knows Gwen is the key to saving the world from destruction by the Reapers and Loki. Gwen has great friends that help her along the way, but with Logan, she wants more than friendship. Logan is a Spartan and one of the most popular guys at Mythos. Logan has a secret that he wants no one to know, especially Gwen, but with her psychometry, she can’t help but find out sooner or later what that secret is. With the Reapers gunning for her and the tension with Logan, what will happen to Gwen when things come to a boiling point? Read ‘Dark Frost’ to find out.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 1, 2012

    LOVED IT! LOVED IT! LOVED IT!! It was def. worth the wait, not t

    LOVED IT! LOVED IT! LOVED IT!! It was def. worth the wait, not that I enjoyed waiting for it, but so worth it. As the series progress, the characters grow, action increases, more history comes out. The story doesn't seemed rushed, but running at a natural pace. I especially love the relationship between Gwen and Logan. Hot stuff darlin's!!!! I'm already looking forward to the next installment.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 22, 2014

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    We start off right after winter break (the last book ended as ev

    We start off right after winter break (the last book ended as everyone went home for the holidays). The characters are just meeting back up when a huge Reaper attack takes place killing several people/students. While fighting the main Reaper (Loki’s Champion), Gwen notices her drop something and later finds out that it’s a map to the library at the academy. The Reapers have figured out where the dagger is that will release Loki and bring him to the mortal realm and it’s hidden somewhere in the library. This book is a race against the time to find the dagger before the Reapers do.

    This series seems to be an easy read for me. I literally read it within half of a day. Partly because I skimmed over the parts where the author rehashed everything that’s ever taken place in the series and caught readers who may have had a huge lapse between books, up to speed. I however, went from one book to the next and didn’t need to be told what Gwen’s powers were, that the bad guys were the Reapers or the fact that Gwen has horrible sense of judgement when it comes to self-preservation. If it weren’t for Logan, I don’t think she’d have lived past the first book. However, I still enjoyed the read.

    One thing that I was really sad about, I knew what was coming from the first chapter. I knew who Loki’s Champion was, I knew where the dagger was hidden and in the end found myself sort of like “ho-hum” as I read. It’s not fun knowing the climatic points in the first chapter. So I just sort of road the waves throughout the book. What kept me interested were the characters in this story. I feel a bit invested in this story and wanted to see if they were smarter than the average bear… apparently not. Except for Daphne, that girl has a good head on her shoulders.

    Will I continue with the series? Maybe. I really enjoyed the author’s UF series, Elemental Assassin. Maybe I will just got back to that instead.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2014

    Heathersoul

    Puts a vole on the prey- pile.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2014

    Prey pile

    Frostclan

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2014

    TEAM LOGAN!!!!!!

    That guy is soooooo dang GORGEOUS

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    To casey

    DITCHERRRR IN HISTORY

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2014

    Sam

    She walks in and grabs a basletball, dribbling it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    Ring a ling ling

    No thats just the bellll

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2013

    Tessa

    She sighed, drilling her Double Axels again, still falling hard every time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2013

    Felicia

    Skates around

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2013

    Mak

    She stops, staring at the ground,"I'm sorry. I....I shouldn't have..." she steps back and gathers her stuff

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    Casey

    *shrugs and keeps skating*

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